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12 Steps Planet: Philadelphia
It’s the undiscovered jewel of the American North-East, a city steeped in history, with a personality distinctly its own.
Eamonn Seoige, 19 Apr 2012
Anything to avoid?
Unfortunately, Philadelphia is home to some of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in the US. North Philly should be given a wide berth, as it has a well-earned reputation for violent crime, robbery and murder. Abject poverty has resulted in the creation of one of America’s most notorious ghettos.
What should I bring home?
History boffins are spoilt for choice when it comes to souvenirs. The Betsy Rose House, home to the first handmade ‘stars and stripes’ is full of trinkets chronicling those critical early days of American Independence.
When should I go?
Avoid the hot summers and choking crowds and head to Philly in the spring. You’ll still be able to visit nearly all of the attractions – without the mile-long queues.
What’s my challenge?
Soak up the unique atmosphere of this most American city. From historical landmarks to great food and music, Philadelphia has certainly made its mark on American culture.
What’s the currency?
The United States Dollar (USD$)
Something to remember...
Philadelphia served as the capital of the newly formed United States from 1790-1800, while Washington DC was under construction. The story of the Quaker City is the story of the birth of the USA.